How to Style a Cashmere Cardigan
Did you know that cardigan sweater was initially made famous by a British Earl? James Brudenell, a major general in the British Army, and the 7th Earl of Cardigan, is said to have invented the ‘cardigan’ design after he noticed that part of his uniform had been damaged in his fireplace. However, it was French fashion designer and icon Coco Chanel that popularized the cardigan. Coco despised male-designed sweaters because they tousled with her hair when she pulled them on. We can all relate, can’t we? Cardigans are a versatile, multi-seasonal staple for any wardrobe, so let’s have a look at a few ways to style your favourite cashmere cardigan.
The Cashmere Maxi
Be it a trench, or duster, ankle-length styles can be intimidating, but only if you don’t know what to pair them with. For the late spring and summer months, a cashmere maxi can be paired with your favourite denim shorts, a simple white or one-toned t-shirt or tank, and a pair of sneakers. You turn it into an evening look by pairing it with a pair of heeled sandals, dress shorts, or skirt and a blouse. In the fall winter months, a cashmere maxi can be worn with a pencil skirt and cami, or tailored blouse, and some knee length boots.
The Waterfall Cashmere Cardigan
This is a more cozy, casual, daytime look, but can easily be transitioned into night with the right accessories. For daytime, pair it with a pair of one-toned tights, and a crew-neck t-shirt. A pair of flats or knee length boots for fall would also work. For a nighttime look, throw on a pair of slim-fitting jeans (high or medium waisted would look fantastic), along with a simple blouse, a few statement pieces (necklace and shoulder length earrings), and finish it off with a pair of suede ankle boots. The waterfall style is complimentary of your curves, but also hides any imperfections in your middle section that you may not want to have accentuated.
The Longline Cardigan
The longline is a style that sits somewhere between a maxi and a classic waist-length cardigan. It’s less form-fitting than other styles, usually has a set of deep pockets, and fits loosely, making it perfect for all body types. Because of the looseness of this style, it’s an ideal casual look, and perfect for layering your favourite sweaters or sweatshirts beneath it. You’ll often see longline cardigans paired with crew or v-neck sweaters, or tops with thicker fabric.
You’re probably looking at the name of this style wondering, “What does that even mean? Don’t all cardigans go over the shoulder?!” If you’re having trouble envisioning this, think bolero or shrug. These are styles you would wear on your arms, with your shoulders capped, but don’t fall like a conventional cardigan. Like the longline cardigan, these styles are a little looser and are often used as a layering piece rather than stand-alone styles.
This is most likely the style of cardigan you grew up wearing. And it’s likely that you have a few of these folded in your closet. A classic cardigan is generally waist length, features front-buttons, and if it’s high quality, is probably the most versatile sweater you could possibly own. The classic cardigan can be dressed down or dressed up as much as you want, with room for everything in between. Whether you’re wearing it as a replacement for a suit jacket or throw it on with your favorite pair of jeans for a casual Friday, there are plenty of ways to style up (or down) your trusty cardigan.